Pregnant mother tests positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bagel

Maricruz Casares
May 16, 2019

A NY state mother was temporarily separated from her newborn son after a bagel caused a false positive on a drug test administered while she was in labor.

Prior to delivering her newborn son, the hospital took a urine sample, which came back positive for opiates.

Elizabeth Dominiguez, 29, of Tonawanda, made a decision to eat the tasty treat just hours before she went into labor on May 1.

"I told the lab, I told the hospital, I told everyone, 'Retest me".

Elizabeth Dominguez had given birth to son, Carter, in a NY hospital when Child Protective Services (CPS) was called.

Speaking with WKBW, she stated: 'I called my husband freaking out saying "How is this possible?"

Government reports also show that the problem of poppyseeds leading to false positives has existed for decades.

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has said that until food manufacturers reduce morphine levels in poppy seeds, excessive consumption - particularly during pregnancy - is advised against. I just want everyone to know that this could happen.

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"I said, 'Well, can you test me again?"

"I felt absolutely frightful".

'I felt like a awful mother leaving him [Carter].

Elizabeth Dominguez was stunned to hear that she had tested positive for opiates the day she went into labor with her son Carter.

"Anywhere from one to three bagels with poppy seeds can produce positive tests on a urine toxicology". "It's such a awful thing and I don't want it to happen to anyone". "Take my blood. Do whatever you have to do, because this isn't right'".

A state caseworker went to Eden's house for a home check-up and she was forced to leave her baby at the hospital for five days.

"Expectant moms are warned not to eat all kinds of things - why don't they warn about poppy seeds?"

Dr. Judith Rossiter-Pratt, chief of the OBGYN at St. Joseph Medical Center, where Eden gave birth, admitted to WBAL the hospital needed to make a change.

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